Former Philadelphia Eagles general manager Tom Heckert, who was already dealing with health issues, was pronounced dead on Sunday evening, per an official announcement by the Denver Broncos. He was just 51 years of age.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 6, 2018
Heckert was initially hired by the Eagles as a director of pro personnel in 2001. Eventually, he worked his way up to become the teams general manager in 2006. He continued with that position until 2010, which he was replaced by current Eagles’ general manager and executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman.
Heckert will be remembered for his phenomenal term in which he went 92-51-1 with the Eagles. Only to go win his first Super Bowl victory with the Broncos in 2015, serving as a director of pro personnel. But prior to him being hired by the Broncos, he served as general manager of the Cleveland Browns for two years.
Because of his success, former Eagles players still remember him, and are grasping his unfortunate death (via Twitter):
Damn…RIP Tom you will be missed 🙏🏿 RT @RoobNBCS: So sad to hear about the passing of Tom Heckert, who was with the Eagles from 2001-2010 and was GM during some great years.
A terrific personnel guy, great family man and super nice guy.
He was only 51. He’ll be missed.
— Jeremy Maclin (@jmac___19) August 6, 2018
RIP! Tom was a good man!
— Brian Westbrook (@36westbrook) August 6, 2018
Shocked and sadden at the sudden passing of former Birds GM Tom Heckert. He gave me a chance when others didn’t. Rest easy Tom. #FlyEaglesFly
— Jamaal Jackson (@CenterStage67) August 6, 2018
🙏🏿 for the Heckert Family https://t.co/i90RcHYoA4
— Ike Reese (@Ike58Reese) August 6, 2018
I’m extremely sorry to hear about this. https://t.co/mDu2lrttgJ
— Tra Thomas (@72TraThomas) August 6, 2018